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Bolton
1 - 3
Arsenal

Premier League

Reebok Stadium

20/9/08 5:30 pm

Attendance: 22,694

Referee: Steve Bennett

BoltonArsenal
Davies 14Eboue 25, Bendtner 26, Denilson 87
Jaaskelainen     Almunia    
O'Brien     Sagna    
Samuel     Toure    
Shittu     Gallas    
O'Brien     73 Clichy     46
Steinsson     Eboue     85
Gardner     Fabregas    
Muamba     82 Song    
Nolan     Denilson    
Davies     Adebayor    
Smolarek     56 Bendtner     73
Substitutes
Al Habsi     Fabianski    
Hunt     Djourou     46
McCann     73 Gibbs    
Cohen     Ramsey     85
Helguson     van Persie    
Mustapha     56 Vela    
Vaz Te     82 Walcott     73
Game Statistics
13
Goal Attempts
21
6
On Target
6
7
Corners
17
1
Offside
2
16
Fouls
10
2
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
29.4
%
70.6
Comments...
With only 67.6% of Boltons passes finding their target compared to 82.4% of Arsenal it's little surprise that the possession stats are so high. But the 58.2% of territorial advantage that Arsenal had shows that this wasn't just an example of tedious keep ball - we did something with the possession. All four starting midfielders have impressive stats. There was hardly an area of the pitch from box to box that Cesc didn't cover. Even though Song was the holding player he got forward on occassions to good effect. Eboue played primarily down the left and Denilson down the right but the switching between all midfield players enabled anyone of them to pop up anywhere. It is a surprise to many that Eboue and Denilson can contribute as much as they have at what is admittedly still an early stage of the season. Denilson isn't a direct replacement for Flamini but with yet another assist and a goal I am not sure that Flamini was ever as effective as the young Brazilian has been so far. The 4 starting midfielders made 263 passes between them at 86% completion. The 4 Bolton midfield starters managed just 71 passes between them at 83% completion. If you add in the two midfield subs Bolton still only managed 90 passes from midfield during the match.
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The team looks good and composed... I cant wait to see Nasri, Tommy and Edu coming back... by Jan if we can hang on to one of the top 2 positions... we can buy some quality mid/def players... and can go for THE KILL.
KnightOfARSENAL
21/09/2008 03:59:00
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Song is getting better every match. I think if he continues, by the next window we'll be saying Mathieu who? Song doesn't have the same tireless engine but offers A LOT more going forward. And full credit to Eboue. This squad is shaping up nicely- we seem to have ten attacking players, interchangeable. The four defenders attack less, and our strikers play more forward but aside from that it's a pretty open system.
elbondo
21/09/2008 05:46:00
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2nd time posted....but I read everyday...almost religiosly... ;) ...I just wanted to express my delight in our game today.... we responded very well after bolton scored....something almost majical....you know ... we can't keep it at that level for 90+ minutes but when the team decides enough is enough...wow....honestly what we saw today was a trait that I hope really sticks they definitely responded well.. btw ..I really do love this team.... and for me if there is anybody that personifies The Arsenal to it's fullest degree...its Clichy....true professional in every way.... Im in love with what I am seeing in this TEAM... We are not perfect , we have some soft spots...our club is a close to perfect as you can get...... true football folks..... just had to geet that off my chest... ;)
San_Diego_Gunner
21/09/2008 07:21:00
0
Super display
Tiny T
21/09/2008 08:26:00
0
i an quite glad that we are letting the results do the talking. gone are the days of possesion without goals
gunnerchi
21/09/2008 09:18:00
0
Hey welcome San Diego Gunner, and you're not alone! I also like how, on occasions like this, even the media pundits who consistently give us unfair reviews had to say "Arsenal play fantastic football", albeit reluctantly! Last night Shearer's and Lawrensen's faces were priceless!
GoonerLou
21/09/2008 14:00:00
0
I was so please for Eboue, getting his 1st goal, he has showed so much improvement, these last few games, as has Denilson and Song.
hackneyval
21/09/2008 14:11:00
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